Peter Carrington, last survivor of Churchill government, dies at 99
Lord Carrington (left) was appointed high commissioner to Australia in 1956. (AP: Barry Thumma)
The former UK foreign secretary, Lord Peter Carrington, who was the last surviving member of Churchill’s 1950s government, has died aged 99.
- Lord Peter Carrington died on Monday
- Theresa May’s office said his death was “very sad news”
- He held several of the top jobs in British government, including defence secretary and foreign secretary
In 1956, he was appointed high commissioner to Australia — a post he held for three years before returning to Britain.
Cabinet office minister David Lidington tweeted on Tuesday he was “sorry to learn of the death of my constituent Lord Carrington”.
The House of Lords website says he died on Monday.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said his death was “very sad news”.
A hereditary peer, Lord Carrington served as an agriculture minister in Churchill’s post-World War II government.
He went on to hold several of the top jobs in British government, including defence secretary and foreign secretary.
In 1982, he resigned as foreign secretary in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government after Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands. Britain won the islands back after a brief war.
He resigned as foreign secretary in 1982 after the Falkland Islands were invaded by Argentine forces.
Lord Carrington (right) met with US secretary of state Henry Kissinger and South African president Nelson Mandela in in 1994. (AP: John Parkin)